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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD subcontractor workers potentially underpaid

An Austin Independent School District subcontractor might have shortchanged its workers by more than $12,000 in total for a project that was contracted in 2009. If settled as is, it could potentially be the largest case of wage noncompliance within…

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD avoids dipping into savings

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget at Monday’s regular meeting, and thanks to a record increase in certified property values, the district will most likely avoid dipping into its contingency funds.This year’s budget…

Monday, August 31, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD changes on the horizon after 84th session

Teachers, staff and students are no strangers to state legislators fiddling with school ratings or standardized testing, and this past legislative session was no exception. Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees received an update on changes brought…

Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD trustees lean toward transparent appointment process

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees laid out a timeline for potential District 7 applicants at a special meeting Tuesday night. Most of that process will be open to the public.In a 6-1 decision with District 1 Trustee…

Monday, August 24, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD hears final budget draft

On Monday, the Austin Independent School District’s chief financial officer gave trustees the good news first: AISD will have more revenue than it expected to have in June’s version of the Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget. But most of it will go to…

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD seat open to applicants

Austin Independent School District board members achieved another small step in the ever-evolving process to replace longtime Board Member Robert Schneider. At Monday’s workshop meeting, trustees decided to open Southwest Austin’s District 7 seat to all qualified applicants instead of appointing the area’s…

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD forgoes special election

In a dramatic, down-to-the-wire 4-4 decision late Monday night, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees opted to appoint a replacement for Southwest Austin’s open seat rather than dish out hundreds of thousands of dollars for a special election.The…

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

BSEACD waives fees, passes budget

Because it might be more of a hassle than it’s worth, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District board of directors decided at its regular meeting Thursday to waive a new permit application fee when passing next year’s budget.Approved in a…

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CTRMA announces MoPac project delay, again

Mike Heiligenstein, the executive director for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, told board members Wednesday that the MoPac Improvement Project is expected to be fully operational sometime in the second half of 2016, a far cry from its originally stated Sept.…

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

MetroRail downtown station expansion plans underway

Capital Metro staff wants MetroRail’s downtown station on Fourth Street to become a staple in the area’s transportation corridor, and on Monday, board members were shown two proposed ways to expand the terminal’s platform.Javier Arguello, CapMetro’s director of long-range planning,…

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CTRMA hears mixed legislative review

Mike Heiligenstein, the executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, told CTRMA board members at their most recent meeting that staff met a great deal with state representatives during the recent 84th legislative session – and they think…

Monday, July 27, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Lack of program metrics could complicate AISD equity assessment

Austin Independent School District students have roughly 98 campus-based summer programs to choose from this year. However, there is no single reliable system tracking program-related student metrics. It’s a flaw that AISD Board Member Kendall Pace said could hinder the district’s…

Monday, July 20, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Conservation district passes new guidelines

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Board of Directors unanimously passed updated rules and bylaws governing 170 square miles of freshly annexed territory primarily in Hays County. The move came over objections from an attorney with Houston-based water supplier Electro…

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CapMetro introduces FY 2016 budget

The Capital Metro Transportation Authority’s sales tax revenue stream is expected to reach historic heights in Fiscal Year 2016, which is a plus since the entity’s services are also slated for a hefty expansion as well.On Monday, Chief Financial Officer…

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Conservation district releases draft rules

Staff with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District recently released new rules to govern 170 square miles of unregulated territory. Residents will have a chance to weigh in on them July 16.For the next several months, conversations discussing House Bill 3405 implementation…

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD superintendent eliminates top positions

Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz has said that his vision is to “create an effective and streamlined organization that does not duplicate programs and services” during his time in the captain’s chair.That’s one of the reasons he decided…

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CTRMA approves plush FY 2016 budget

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board of directors unanimously accepted the 2016 fiscal year budget Wednesday, and it is expecting to have about 123 percent of operating expenditures in reserves by June 30 next year.Chief Financial Officer Bill Chapman…

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CTRMA hears SH45 SW impact may be overblown

While many public entities have already voiced their concerns about State Highway 45 Southwest’s possible environmental consequences, a consultant with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority said the anxiety might be misplaced.At Wednesday’s regular meeting, Michael Barrett presented CTRMA’s board…

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD purchases $14 million in devices

Students and teachers across Austin Independent School District campuses will soon see new mobile devices popping up in classrooms, but not everyone will get an iPad in next year’s locker.AISD board members unanimously approved $14 million to purchase 20,000 new mobile…

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD funding requests dominate joint meeting

It is no secret that the Austin Independent School District is in tough financial straits, and requests for additional monetary help from the Austin City Council and the Travis County Commissioners Court dominated the recent joint subcommittee meeting.Representatives from all three…

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